Reasons Why Traveling is so Rewarding

Reasons Why Traveling is so Rewarding

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At some point in your life, you feel the need to get away from the mundanity and stress. You feel the need to go on an adventure, to experience something new. Some people experience this more often than others. I am one of them. I have what is called wanderlust. The dictionary defines this as, "a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about." I think that most people in their life experience wanderlust at some point. Whether you experience the desire daily, monthly, or yearly, it is important to give in to your wanderlust as much as you can. There are many rewards to travel, and these often benefit your psyche in ways you may not even realize. So pack those bags, buy those tickets, fill up your gas tank, and go because going has a multitude of rewards.

1. Relieves Stress and Improves Your Mental Health

Believe it or not, your brain also loves adventure. When you travel somewhere new, whether it be thirty minutes down the road or across continents, your brain pathways start working in different ways. Your brain craves something out of the ordinary, something new in your routine. When you view different landscapes, see and meet different people, and even try new foods, pathways in your brain that may have not normally been fired are now working in overdrive, and this relieves stress and also improves mental health, especially for people with depression and anxiety, like myself.

2. Promotes Creativity

Many artists and writers take to traveling in order to improve their creativity, and this often leads to some of their best work. Whether you are a professional writer or an office worker, creativity helps you in so many ways. It allows you to think in different ways that you wouldn't normally. Creativity that comes with traveling can help you succeed in your career and everyday life.

3. Introduces you to Different People (and Cultures)

When you meet new people through travel, you are introduced to a whole new mindset, a whole different way of thinking. Social connections not only improve your mental health but also give you new perspectives on the world you live in. You may become more grateful for what you have or realize that everyone is equal in their struggles and happiness.

4. It's Fun!

Traveling is fun and that's what makes it so rewarding. You often laugh so much when you travel. You get to eat new and exciting foods, visit beautiful places and meet new friends. Traveling is one of the most fun things you can do (as long as it's done right, haha). And "right" is very subjective, so travel with whom and to where will make you happy.



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You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

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My Future Is Unpredictable And That's Totally Alright

As I prepare for study abroad in Ecuador, I'm going in with no expectations.

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For six months, I had plans to study abroad in the Dominican Republic during the fall semester of junior year. Filling out what seemed like endless applications and paperwork, searching for travel ideas on Pinterest, and writing a class research paper on the DR's relationship with its neighboring island, Haiti, I was prepared to live and learn about Dominican culture hands-on.

Then on the Thursday before Finals Week last spring, I read my email. My study abroad program in the DR had gotten canceled. In the span of 30 seconds, my future had taken a new course. Less than a week later, I was submitting papers to study abroad in a new country where another adventure awaited: Ecuador.

If there's anything I've learned in the past year, it's that life is unpredictable and we can't control it. The future is unknown. But-

Who wants to know exactly what's going to happen in the next few years? I mean, I believe it's good to have a direction, but you don't have to have the entire journey pinpointed straight to the core. You meet people, you get inspired, you see things, you have experiences. And you go from there. (Though, I totally respect people who have clear ambitions and stick with them their entire lives.)

Where I was a year ago was a completely different path than where I find myself today. Last summer, I worked four different internships/jobs in the span of three months. A year ago, I would never have guessed my following summer unfolding with an immersion trip to India, a solo adventure to Taiwan & Hong Kong, and becoming a certified yoga instructor. A year ago, I hadn't met half of my best friends. A year ago, I hadn't seen poverty in a third-world country. A year ago, I wasn't even sure I wanted to major in Environmental Studies.

Just because I don't know what the future holds doesn't mean I can't set goals. I have a destination, an idea of where I'm headed and where I want to go. While abroad in Ecuador, I want to learn about sustainable development and coffee production as well as enhance my Spanish skills.

As I prepare for study abroad in Ecuador, I'm going in with no expectations. I know the format of the program. I'll be taking classes and living with a host family and then doing an internship at a farm. Otherwise, I have no idea what's going to happen. And that's what I'm looking forward to the most. The spontaneity. The unexpected. As one of my good friends would say whenever he doesn't have formal weekend plans, "I'm improvising." And you know the one rule of improv: Always say yes.

¡Hasta pronto, Ecuador!

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